FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 21, 2010

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES SENATE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE APPROVES HIS REQUEST FOR INFOTONICS TECHNOLOGY CENTER- CENTER SLATED TO RECEIVE $1,000,000


Funding Will Aid In Development of Wireless Turbine Blade Sensor Systems

Senator Worked Closely with Subcommittee to Include Funding In FY2011 Spending Bill

Bill Will Now Be Sent To The Full Senate Appropriations Committee

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Senate Appropriations Energy and Water Development Subcommittee has approved the FY11 Appropriations Bill which includes $1,000,000 for Infotonics Technology Center in Ontario County. The funding will be used for research and development of a system to monitor the health of steam and wind turbine blade health via wireless sensors. Schumer worked closely with members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in this year's spending bill.

 “The Center for Infotonics is on the leading edge of providing 21st century jobs in NYS,”  said Schumer.  “Clean energy development is an emerging field that can create jobs, boost the region’s economy and make our state a leader in new technologies.  Infotonics is a big part of this new field and with these funds will continue to employ more New Yorkers.

The Infotonics Technology Center (ITC) is a New York State Center of Excellence in Ontario County that works to bring the private and public sector together to spur innovation and develop the next generation of technologies. The Center is emerging as a national leader in the research, development and commercialization of microsystems technology. ITC has worked throughout New York State to expand broadband access, research advanced prosthetics and help regional small businesses tap into growing markets.

Now that the bill has been approved by the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, it will be sent to the full Senate Appropriations Committee. Following approval by the Full Committee and the Senate, the bill will move towards Conference with the House and then to the President for signature.

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